PRINCETON, N.J. -- Maryland coach Cindy Timchal was walking off the field at Princeton Stadium when her cell phone rang. "Hi, mom," she said to the voice at the other end. "Yeah, we won, 14-6." Ho-hum. The 14-6 win over No. 3 Princeton provided little drama, only more evidence of top-ranked Maryland's versatility.
Maryland junior attack Jen Adams, the 1999 College Lacrosse Player of the Year and the nation's points-per -game leader, was held scoreless until the 47: 34 mark. However, she finished with three goals, three below her average.
But that didn't matter much, as five-time defending national champ Maryland (16-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had more than enough firepower to defuse the Tigers (12-3, 5-1 Ivy).
Junior attack Allison Comito had four goals and two assists. Three Terps -- Kristin Sommar, Meg McNamara and Quinn Carney --had two goals each.
Timchal said she didn't even know Adams had not scored until someone told her in the second half.
"That is the difference between our team and others," said the junior Carney. . "We don't have one, two or three players who can score. Usually, we havemore people that can score than we even have on attack at one time."
Princeton sophomore Brooke Owens was most responsible for checking Adams. She said her mission was to tryto keep the ball awayfrom her. "You can only stop her from getting the ball so much," said Owens. "I wanted to force her weak side. Hopefully, a double-team will come. And I wanted to stop the outlet." By the time Adams erupted for three goals in a seven-minute stretch, the game was comfortably in the hands of the Terps. Her three goals puts her second on the all-time single-season Terps goal list with 62.
The Tigers only challenged early on, when they held a 2-1 advantage less than six minutes into the action. "This game was a great concern after the ACCs," said Timchal, referringto her team's ACC title game win over UNC. "For us to get a decisive win, itwas great. The concern initially was knowing how big of a game this was. Wehad to settle in a little on the road. I'm happy we played with poise to be ble to come back."
Princeton, losers of two straight after dropping a 16-13 overtimegame to Dartmouth Saturday, knows Maryland is what the Tigers would like tobecome. "We got taken to school," said Princeton coach Chris Sailer. "I hope they don't get any better than this. It shows us where we need to be if we want towin this thing." The Tigers were haunted by missed opportunities. Despite outshooting the Terps (28-23), Princeton couldn't find the inside of the net.
Sailer said her players didn't make Maryland goalie Alex Kahoe work nearly as hard as they would have liked. Princeton responded with two goals in the final minutes of the half. The second was a crisp backhand shot from Charlotte Kenworthy, which made it 6-4.